Al-Shabab, a military group in Somalia, has rejected the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, saying it is ineffective and has adverse side effects.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the group warned Somalis against receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine because it is “deadly and unsafe”
The statement cited the decision by several countries to halt the use of the vaccine because of its side effects.
“These are countries with far better medical resources than the apostate Somali regime, which doesn’t even have qualified medical personnel or laboratories to assess the efficiency, safety or performance of the vaccine,” the statement said.
“Do now allow your children and family members to be used as guinea pigs in the race to develop a potent vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic,” it continued.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says its safety committee will issue updated recommendations regarding the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after the monthly meeting next week.
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